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Caesar might have some misunderstanding.
The misunderstanding that Caesar’s father and I know each other.
If that would lead to his protection, I didn’t want to dig into the truth by pinching it.
I took the fruits and ate them obediently.
“Why did you order Sona when you could’ve cut it with a fork?”
“Because it’s troublesome to do it myself.”
He replied with a somewhat languid face.
Perhaps because he was hanging out under the shade, he looked unusually comfortable and calm.
I tilted my head as I looked at the muscles of Caesar’s thighs that could be noticed even with the slightest movement.
“How do you maintain that body?”
As I spoke, flames sparked in my eyes.
I had to live with a weak body.
If Caesar says that he was born with it, I’m going to slap him on the cheek.
“Exercising isn’t tiresome for me.”
“Ah…………… It’s just annoying to do it for others.”
Fortunately, he seemed to be making an effort. I smiled from the bottom of my heart.
After hearing Caesar’s answer, I felt strange.
The realization that he’s bothered by everything he did for others was no laughing matter.
This is because I was unconditionally the only one he’s been taking care of recently, not anyone else.
‘So, are you saying that I’m annoying? You mentioned that your father was benevolent, so why are you like this?’
I drank my heart out of the thought of being terribly rude.
I don’t know why his personality became a wreck even though he said that he was raised by a loving father.
Seeing how much he likes and loves his father, it’s clear that he must’ve been generous.
‘As expected…… Is the man named Leonos dead? Are you asking me about your father because you can’t ask your father in person?’
I believe that I would sympathize with him in some way if I thought any deeper.
It’s an urgent need for a change of subject!
“So, what’s this fruit?”
“It’s a Gregor’s cobweb.”
“The Gregor spider……….”
Spiders. Creature with dark bodies and multiple black legs.
I covered my mouth and coughed.
The reason Caesar brought such food ingredients was to restore Nineina’s lifespan, which he had shortened.
After that time, I thought that Caesar would no longer do this kind of thing.
(TL/N: That one time he fed Nineina a serving of bladder lol)
I also always asked what ingredients Caesar brought.
If he found an effective ingredient, I had to figure out exactly what it is so that I’m able to ask someone else to get it when Caesar isn’t around.
However, I never expected to hear the answer that it was a spider’s web.
It was far worse than the time I consumed the bladder of a reptile.
‘I’ve somehow endured the intestines and organs, but a spider’s web! I mean, I hate bugs the most in the world!’
After eating it this time, I felt like I might actually throw up.
Caesar ran over to me, who had tears in my eyes.
“Breathe. You mustn’t throw up.”
“I-I feel like I’m going to vomit right now, how can I…………”
“It’s really great for your health!”
His desperate words brought me to my senses.
I couldn’t speak any more and spoke with my eyes.
He nodded his head softly.
“Take a deep breath. Inhale deeply and exhale slowly.”
As he instructed, I breathed slowly.
After repeating it ten times, my insides calmed down a little.
“Please wait a second.”
He helped me lean under a tree and ran at the speed of light to bring me water.
“You have to stay alive.”
I just passed on those words, which seemed suffocating and resolute, related to the ‘promise’.
He slightly lifted the cup and poured in the water slowly enough so that I wouldn’t be surprised.
He had a proficient skill in nursing.
To the extent where I resent him for not having done this for me so far.
“You don’t have to talk to me if you’re having a hard time doing so.”
The corners of my eyes contorted at Caesar’s words.
It’s not because I was touched, I had something to ask, but my voice didn’t come out well.
“I………… Are you feeling better?”
I helplessly pointed at my body with my weak index finger, gesturing for him to look.
‘I even ate the spider’s web!’
He nodded and looked at me.
“It seems that you’ve lost your stamina due to almost throwing up, but I’m sure that there’s an effect from eating it.”
I don’t know whether I should like it or hate it.
“It works better than anything I’ve ever fed you.”
Caesar nodded once more.
I’ve endured it well, but today was very sad.
What and how many sins do I have to suffer like this?
Everyone has at least one thing they are extremely afraid of and detest, and in my case, it was bugs.
It’s because I was traumatized by what I experienced as a child.
‘Why must it be a spider web! No, no, no……… He said that my health has improved though.’
I tried to calm myself down, but my fear and hatred were not controlled by reason.
Tears welled up in my eyes as I felt so miserable that I had to eat spider webs for my health.
He, who was watching my misery, wiped my tears like a robot.
“Do not cry. You’ll lose your stamina.”
“………How can I not cry! You said it was a fruit.”
“It can only be obtained from cliffs, so it’s called a fruit of nature.”
“Even so, spiders… Ugh…..”
“Don’t worry. It’s nothing weird. People don’t eat it because they don’t have access to them, it’s similar to a seabird’s house.”
“A seabird’s house?”
“Seabirds make their homes out of seaweed. The texture and taste are excellent, so people often visit.”
It sounded similar to a swallow’s nest.
(TL/N: Swallow’s nest is also known as bird’s nest soup, a delicacy in Chinese cuisines.)
I’m unfamiliar with the food itself, but I’ve heard of it before, so I stopped shedding tears.
But after a while, tears burst once again.
“Did you take the spider’s home away? I heard that it’s a really bad thing to……….”
“It wasn’t the house that I took, it was something inside it. It’s a fake egg created to be misidentified as an egg to avoid the real eggs from danger by natural enemies.”
He tried to convince me with a stream of explanations.
Gregor’s nemesis was Picaros.
Picaros, who sleeps on lightning clouds, and Gregor, who lives only on distant cliffs, were natural enemies in the sky fighting over territory.
To prevent Picaros from attacking the real eggs, Gregor made fake eggs with cobwebs, which were called fruits because they were shaped like one and tasted sweet. Thus, it was called a fruit of nature.
The way it weathers and the method of peeling the hardened skin is similar to eating a fruit, so anyone who didn’t know about it would mistake it for a fruit.
(TL/N: weathers means the change of appearance/texture by long exposure to the atmosphere.)
“You can think of it as an egg.”
A gloomy voice rang out.
“What are you saying……..”
I burst into tears.
Bewildered, his hands wavered around me hesitantly.
It seemed like tears would burst like a waterfall even if he lightly touched the corners of my eyes.
“I feel so sorry for myself! I pity myself, who has to eat spider webs and fruits and whatnot, so much……… Cough!”
I felt a tightening sensation in my heart due to the sudden agitation.
I clutched my chest and collapsed onto the blanket.
Unable to breathe properly, droplets of tears fell from the corners of my eyes.
Look! See what I mean? I feel the most pity for myself!
Caesar calmly comforted me.
But I hated my bodyguard who held me back.
In my indignation, I angrily set my eyes at Caesar, who was blameless and innocent again.
No, come to think of it, he isn’t that innocent.
Because this all began with the fact he shortened my lifespan.
Anger clouded my rationality.
‘It’s because of you! You’re the reason I ate the spider’s web!’
When my anger was directed at Caesar, he uttered the magical words.
“You’re getting healthier.”
My face, which had been distorted angrily, relaxed like a gentle sheep.
Caesar did not miss the opportunity.
“Yes. You’ll be healthier in the future.”
He laid me down properly while I was quiet.
He covered me with a blanket and patted my stomach.
“Go to sleep. It’ll help you digest well.”
I was suspicious of Caesar who even managed to massage my stomach, but there was no reason to point it out because it was for me.
My nose sniffled.
As I closed my eyelids, my wet eyes folded and a single tear dripped down.
‘It’s all about physical strength.’
I closed my eyes, believing that I was wasting my tears.
As I had gone through many things and exhausted my stamina, I quickly fell asleep.
Caesar was exhausted from doing unfamiliar things and trying to comfort her.
Nonetheless, he was happy at the moment. Because there was one precious existence.
“It’s going to get better.”
He gently stroked the sleeping Nineina’s stomach and said something even though he didn’t know who he was talking to.
That was a foretell. He’ll make sure to achieve it. He will save her at all costs.
He didn’t want to lose something precious twice.